Travelling 22 days and 15,000 kilometers from Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar, the Q-Flex MV Mesaimeer, one of the largest and most advanced vessels of its kind, arrived at the Saint John Port on December 1, 2009, to deliver 4.6 bcf of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Canaport LNG.
"Not only is this the first LNG ship from Qatar to call on Canada, but the Q-Flex is the first LNG super tanker to arrive on North America's East Coast," said Phil Ribbeck, President of Repsol Energy North America. "This is an extraordinary moment for us and validates Canaport LNG's capabilities to receive such vessels, enabling Repsol to work with one of the most substantial gas-rich nations in the world."
"We are very pleased with the delivery of LNG to the Canaport LNG Facility as it illustrates the incredible market reach Qatargas now has," said Faisal M. Al Suwaidi, CEO of Qatargas.
"The Canaport LNG Terminal in Saint John is among the very few terminals in the world that can accept a ship of the Q-Max and Q-Flex's size. This marks a new era for our region and for Canaport LNG as a significant player in the global gas industry," said Blaine Higgs of Fort Reliance. "This is a very proud moment for Saint John and all who have helped make Canaport LNG a reality."
The Q-Flex is the world's second largest LNG tanker with a capacity that is roughly 55 per cent more than its predecessors and is more environmentally friendly with approximately 40 per cent lower energy requirements and carbon emissions than conventional LNG carriers. The culmination of reserves and efficient modes of transportation helps Qatar deliver a competitively priced natural gas supply to markets around the world.
Qatar has the third-largest oil and gas reserves in the world (about 14% of the world total) with proved oil reserves of 15 billion barrels and proved natural gas reserves of nearly 920 trillion cubic feet. In 2008, Qatar's total natural gas exported was 2 trillion cubic feet.
Canaport LNG's General Manager, Jorge Ciacciarelli said the arrival of the first Q-Flex is a significant step for the state-of-the-art facility.
"We have more reasons than ever to be thankful to the many people who continue to help us pioneer Canada's first LNG terminal. Saint John, New Brunswick is the first city to welcome the Q-Flex to the East Coast of North America, reinforcing our region as a reliable natural gas supplier. It is with gratitude we celebrate this moment with our community, our province and our partners."
The arrival of the Q-Flex marks the 10th ship received at Canaport LNG since its commissioning on June 22, 2009. The terminal has received LNG from Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt and now Qatar. With this diverse supply of LNG and the Canaport LNG facility capabilities, Repsol will be able to provide a reliable and flexible supply of natural gas to the market.
- Equipped with an onboard re-liquefaction system it can reliquefy the
boil off gas and return the LNG to the cargo tank allowing for almost
100% of the cargo to be transported to customers (traditional steam
turbine ships use the boil off gas as fuel).
- Propelled by two slow speed diesel engines it is estimated to consume
about 40% less energy and it has lower carbon emissions than
traditional steam turbines
- The Q-Flex can carry 216,000 cubic meters of LNG, or roughly 4.6 bcf
equivalent of natural gas, as compared to ships received to date of
138,500 cubic meters (One Q-Flex shipment can fill approximately half
of Canaport LNG's storage capacity)
- Delivered in 2009 it is 315 meters long, which is 78 meters longer
than ships received to date
- Although it is large, it is the second largest LNG carrier in the
world - the Q-Max is the largest and can carry 266,000 cubic meters
of LNG, or roughly 5.7 bcf equivalent of natural gas
Canaport LNG Limited Partnership is a partnership between Fort Reliance and Repsol YPF, S.A. subsidiaries. Canaport LNG is operating as a world-class liquefied natural gas receiving and regassification terminal. Situated in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Canaport LNG has a send-out capacity of 1 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas a day, destined for markets in Canada and northeastern US. The natural gas is delivered through the Brunswick pipeline to Maritimes Northeast Pipeline with terminuses at Beverly and Dracut, MA. The construction of the terminal created 1,600 jobs (85% of workers came from Saint John and New Brunswick) and has created 70 permanent jobs for operations.
Canaport LNG Technical Details:
Capacity: 1.2 Bcf/day
Storage Capacity: 9.9 Bcf gas equivalent
Ownership Structure: 75% Repsol/25% Irving Oil
Repsol is a fully integrated oil and gas company, operating in over 30 countries. Repsol is one of the ten largest private oil companies in the world and one of the world's largest LNG players. Repsol is the managing general partner in Canaport LNG Limited Partnership, the entity that owns and operates the Canaport LNG facility. Repsol has contracted for 100% of the capacity in the Canaport LNG facility.
Fort Reliance is the parent company for Irving Oil and various Irving Oil companies, including Canaport Oil, the JV Canaport LNG, and the Irving residential and commercial energy business, among others.